NCAA Game Summary - Purdue at Minnesota|
(Saturday, October 27)
Final Score: Minnesota 44, Purdue 28
Minneapolis, MN (Sports Network) - Philip Nelson passed for career-highs of 246
yards and three touchdowns as the Minnesota Golden Gophers grasped on to an
early lead for a 44-28 victory over the Purdue Boilermakers in a Big Ten
matchup at TFC Bank Stadium.
Nelson was accurate out of the pocket in his second career start for Minnesota
(5-3, 1-3 Big Ten), completing 12 straight passes at one point and finishing
15-of-22 overall. The freshman quarterback had a great chemistry with A.J.
Barker, who tallied a career-high 135 yards and a pair of touchdowns on five
receptions. Donnell Kirkwood led the team's rushing attack with 134 yards on
22 carries to help the Gophers snap a three-game losing streak.
Caleb TerBush had a rough outing for Purdue (3-5, 0-4) and was pulled in the
third quarter after completing only 5-of-18 passes for 49 yards and an
interception which Michael Carter returned 43 yards for six points. Robert
Marve stepped in and went 11-of-19 for 97 yards and two touchdowns. Rob Henry
also saw action at quarterback for the Boilermakers and added 52 yards on 5-
of-6 passing with a touchdown. Akeem Shavers picked up 78 yards on 11 carries
while Dolapo Macarthy and Antavian Edison combined for 104 yards and two
touchdowns on 10 receptions.
Purdue took an early lead as TerBush completed a one-yard touchdown toss to
Brandon Cottom just three and a half minutes after kickoff.
The Golden Gophers answered with a 10-play, 72-yard drive which was punctuated
by a 34-yard touchdown pass from Nelson to Derrick Engel. Minnesota then took
its first lead of the game when Roderick Williams Jr. rushed four yards across
the goal line with just under three minutes left in the opening frame.
Minnesota added on to its lead in the opening minute of the second period when
Nelson completed a 38-yard touchdown strike to A.J. Barker. Nelson stayed hot
and added a 63-yard touchdown pass to Barker on Minnesota's next drive.
Jordan Wettstein added a pair of field goals, from distances of 40 and 35 yards
away, to sent the Gophers into halftime with a 34-7 advantage.
Purdue began with the ball in the second half and began driving to cut into the
deficit. However, TerBush was intercepted by Carter, who returned it for a
score. Minnesota added three more points with a 44-yard field goal courtesy of
Wettstein with 11:20 left before the final period.
The Boilermakers managed to end the game on a 21-0 run as Marve completed
touchdown passes to Macarthy and Edison in the third frame.
Henry brought Purdue closer with just under three minutes left before the final
gun by completing a 25-yard touchdown pass to Danny Anthrop. However, the
Boilermakers were unable to get any closer which led to their fourth loss in a
Minnesota averaged 7.3 yards per play in the contest and limited Purdue to just
4.9 yards per play.
10/27 21:07:08 ET